University of South Carolina -- Columbia

Columbia, SC

University of South Carolina -- Columbia

Columbia, SC

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Tuition & Fees

$12,688

$33,928

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
16%
600-699
59%
500-599
24%
400-499
1%
700-800
22%
600-699
47%
500-599
30%
400-499
1%
30-36
37%
24-29
50%
18-23
13%
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undergraduateRatios

46%

male

54%

female

17

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

68%

acceptance rate

Accepted 21,464
Declined 9,804
Total Received 31,268
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Public

27,502

undergraduate students

7,862

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

The University of South Carolina--Columbia, founded in 1801, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Hospitality, Retail, & Sport Management, Journalism & Mass Communications, Library & Information Science, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science & Mathematics, and Social Work; through the Schools of the Environment, Law, Medicine, Music, and Public Health; and through the South Carolina Honors College. Its 359-acre campus, including a pre-Civil War area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Columbia, in central South Carolina.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 35,364
Established in 1801
Coeducational Coeducational

359-acre, urban campus in Columbia (population: 133,114); branch campuses in Allendale, Beaufort, Lancaster, Sumter, and Union. Served by air, bus, and train. School operates transportation to parking areas. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Major city
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Columbia Metropolitan

University of South Carolina — Columbia
None
Columbia, SC
29208

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
27%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Men only housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Events

  • Family Weekend
  • Homecoming
  • Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
28%
Top 1/4
59%
Top 1/2
90%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
16%
600-699
59%
500-599
24%
400-499
1%
700-800
22%
600-699
47%
500-599
30%
400-499
1%
30-36
37%
24-29
50%
18-23
13%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $65
School has early action program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 4.2

Moderately Selective

68%

acceptance rate

Accepted 21,464
Declined 9,804
Total Received 31,268

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Considered

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
application essay
first generation
racial/ethnic status
class rank
recommendation(s)
state residency
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
geographical residence
interview
religious affiliation/commitment

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

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Deferred payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Equestrian sports
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Advertising
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology
Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering Science
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Science
European Studies/Civilization
Experimental Psychology
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature
History, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Information Science/Studies
Insurance
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs
Journalism
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Science
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Office Management and Supervision
Philosophy
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Public Health, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Real Estate
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Religion/Religious Studies
Retailing and Retail Operations
Russian Language and Literature
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Statistics, General
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Freshman honors college
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

35,364

total students

61%

in-state

39%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

78%

27,502
students

Female
54%
14,751

Male
46%
12,751

22%

7,862
students

Female
60%
4,743

Male
40%
3,119

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

95%

26,400
students

Female
54%
14,225

Male
46%
12,175

5%

1,102
students

Female
48%
526

Male
52%
576

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 89%
Student 4 year graduation rate 64%
Student 5 year graduation rate 11%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
8%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Hispanic/Latino
75%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

1,757

Transfer students enrolled

5%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES yes
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

85%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
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